Purim is one of the favorite Jewish holidays for kids. The holidays are filled with family time, some parents prepare together with their kids home made costumes, and others are picking out costumes with their kids at the costume's shop.
Here in Pashoshim we would like to offer you a great family activity for you and for your kids; making together Hamantaschens, or in its Hebrew name Ozney Haman. What is Hamantaschens you ask? Hamantaschen is a cookie in the Jewish cuisine that has been known for its three-cornered shape. This food is eaten during the Jewish Holiday of Purim. Preparing this cookie will serve as a perfect time for parents and their children to bond and have fun.
You can see a pick of the recipe on Chef David video.
Ingredients (four dozen)
In a mixing bowl mix oil, margarine and sugar, add orange juice and eggs. Mix all these ingredians well, then blend them with the dry ingredients; flour, baking powder and salt. Roll the mixture to a large ball and divide it to 4. Roll out each piece thinly at around 1/8 inch by using your floured board. With a cup or glass's rim (depanding on the size that you desire) cut the dough to circles. In the center of each circle put ½-2/3 tsp of filling.
Now, lift the left and the right sides of the circle and leave the bottom part down. They should meet just over the filling, lift the bottom side as well and make him meet the other 2 parts you lifted. Tighten each meeting point, you should get the shape of a triangle.
Preheat your oven with a temperature of 180 degrees. Brush the dough with a beaten egg, then place them on a greased cookie sheet and bake them all at 180 degrees for about 10-20 minutes (just before they turn brown).
You can replace the mohn with different fillings like chocolate, dates, nuts mixture or any other filling you like.
Happy Purim everyone!
We would like you to know the people behind your children's books, in each month we will post on the blog one of the most influence Hebrew children's author and our recommendation of one of his books.
This month we chose Miriam Roth and here famous book Tale of Five Balloons (Ma'ase Behamisha Balonim).
The Author Miriam Roth:
Miriam Roth was one of the beloved children's authors in Israel. She was born at 1910 in Slovakia and immigrated to Israel in 1931. She learned psychology and pedagogy, and taught preschool education. Over the years she published 23 books for children and 6 books about education and children's literature. Miriam received many prices, among them: the Ze'ev Prize for Lifetime Achievement (1990), the UNICEF Prize for "Tale of Five Balloons" (1998), and the Bialik Prize (2002).
Ma'ase Behamisha Balonim won one of the most important prize in the field and is our recommendation for December:
Tale of Five Balloons (Ma'ase Behamisha Balonim):
The book is one of Israel's most favorite classics, he is one of the first books read to toddlers in pre-school and escorts children's childhood for the past 40 years.
One day Ruthie's mom brings home a wonderful surprise - 5 balloons! Each in a different color. All the kids are excited! They decide to go out with the balloons, but then something bad happen: Uri's balloon burst on a rose bush… one by one the balloons are leaving in different ways and the kids learn to accept the disappointment of losing some thing they like.
The book is written in a simple way and easy to connect to.
For the book - Click Here
On Pashoshim there are more of Miriam's books that you can check out:
Habait shel Yael:
Early Childhood Classics - now in a new edition with hard cardboard pages. Young Yael is looking for a place for herself, come and help her…
For the book - Click Here
A classic Hebrew book for the preschool ages.
The kids want hot corn, they walk towards him and accompany themselves with singing and laughing. Story with joy, hope, disappointment and resourceful.
For the book - Click Here
Eifo Navot?: (Where is navot)
Where is Navot? One day Navot learns how to play hide and seek, he hides so well that no one can find him.
A sweet book about the game that sweeps off the whole family.
For the book - Click Here
See you next month
The Jewish holiday, Hanukkah, is almost here! The most familiar and beloved Hanukkah food is the Sufgania. Warm, sweet and delicious, the Sufgania comes with many filling - from the simple strawberry jam through chocolate or dulce de leche.
Making Hanukkah donuts with your kids can be a special holiday custom, you will have quality time with them. So start to think which filling you choose for your Sufgania…
Ingredients (for 30 Sufganiot):
Place half kg flour, yeast, milk, sugar, eggs, butter, brandy and lemon zest in the mixer bowl and mix it with hook attachment until you get integral liquid mixture. Slowly add the rest of the flour while kneading the dough in the mixer for 5 more minutes to smooth and shiny dough. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it rise until it double its size. Powder your working surface with a lot of flour and take your dough there, cut it to small balls size of an egg, round them and place them on oiled surface. Brash the balls with oil so they wouldn’t dry and let them rise, again, until they double their size. Warm oil in a big pot for deep frying and carefully place the balls in the boiling oil. Fry the donut for 2 minutes on each side, take it out and place it on a paper towel for a minute or two.
Fill the donuts:
To fill the donut put jam in a pastry bag, with a knife make a small hole in each donut. Using the pastry bag fill the hole with jam. Dust some powdered sugar on top.
We on Pashoshim think that there are many ways to learn how to read and write Hebrew. You can learn through books, through games and more… We believe one of the efficient ways to learn Hebrew is through workbooks. There are workbooks for every level; start with the basics and progress to advanced. Our workbooks includes a verity of exercises; writing the alphabet, matching letters to pictures, fill in the missing letter in words, complete sentences in Hebrew . We also have coloring books with sentences in Hebrew, so your child can learn Hebrew and have fun at the same time.
So, we decided to give you a quick glance at few of our workbooks.
Hebrew Alphabet - coloring book - Click here
Otiot Bagan - Click here
Tzeadim Lehatzlaha - Muhanut Lekita Alef - Click here
Olim Lekita Alef - Click here
Kotvim Bechtav - Click here
Hanukkah, Chanukah, whatever you choose to call it, the holiday is just around the corner! So come and tell your children about the miracles of Chanukah:
Many years ago, the Jewish people in Israel were ruled by the Hellenic king Antiochus. Antiochus ruled many countries, in order to strengthen his kingdom he demanded that all of them will worship the same gods, the Greek gods. The Jewish people tried to resist and made the king very angry. He forbid the Jews to read the Torah and pray for their god. It became illegal to worship the Sabbath and celebrate the Jewish holidays. He built alters for the Greek gods inside the Jewish temples and forces them to make sacrifices to the Greek gods. The Hellenic soldiers were sent to enforce the new rules and the Jews had no choice but to obey.
Small groups of Jewish people started to organize and decided to do something to stop the cruel king Antiochus. In Modi'in the holy priest, Mattathias, and his five sons established a small army and run to the hills outside Jerusalem to escape. They were known as the Maccabees, they were led by one of Mattathias' sons, Judah, which was chosen by his father. They fought the Hellenic soldiers for a long time, until on the 25th of Kislev they won and throw the Hellenics out!
To celebrate the great victory the happy Jews rushed to the Tample. They got rid of all the Greek characteristic and started to look for the Menorah so they can relight the Temple as symbol that they were back. They seek for oil but they could only find enough oil for one day. They lit up the menorah, pray to God and thanked him for saving them. Instead of one day, the Menorah stayed lighted for eight whole days! That was a real miracle!
And ever since, to honor the Maccabees and the miracle, Jewish people all over the world celebrate Chanukah on the 25th of the Jewish month Kislev. Each night they light a Menorah and adding another candle in every passing day, they spin dreidels and eat special Chanukkah foods.